The United Nations is seeking the voice of African religious leaders to make plans for the Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals. Ahuuna Eziakonwa-Onochie, the UN Resident Coordinator says religious leaders should have been there from the beginning considering their reach to the most remote corners of African countries.
Ahuuna explains that religious leaders have the touch with the people on the ground that really needs this development agenda beyond the community level.
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In Uganda religious institutions have traditionally been an integral part of the development process in both education and health systems. Currently, 43 percent of health care providers are religious institutions and 60 percent make up public schools. His Eminence Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga, the chairperson of the Council of Presidents Inter-religious council of Uganda notes that Faith communities cannot run away from their role in the development process.
He however, notes that there is an endemic abuse human rights and public resources in most countries of Africa.
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The Mufti of Uganda Shiekh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje reveals that they have been speaking to President Yoweri Museveni about creating a fund where religious bodies can contribute to the welfare and health of needy people.
The eight Millennium Development goals that have been both national and global development agenda since 2000 expire in 2015. However, until today many African countries are still lagging behind on the MDG’s which include, eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education and promote gender equality and empower women.
Others are reduce child mortality by two thirds of children under five years , Improve maternal Health by reducing maternal mortality by three quarters, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other disease. The MDGs also demand that each of the 189 countries that met in New York ensures environmental stability by among others reduce biodiversity loss by 2010 and develop a global partnership for development.
During the 2010 MDG Summit the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon was tasked with the responsibility to take forward new thinking on global development agenda beyond 2015. The African Faith Leaders summit’s top goal is to escalate the engagement of faith communities and influence conversation on the Post 2015 Development Agenda and its outcomes